Update on Recall of Korean Shellfish

The Director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA), would like to update the public on the food recall involving all Korean shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops).

The Division of Environmental Health (DEH) is continuing to work with local retailers to ensure that affected products are being removed from store shelves and wholesalers are no longer importing and/or distributing the recalled products.

To date, a total of six retail establishments were found to have carried Korean shellfish food products.  The six retailers are:  American Grocery in Dededo, San Jose Supermarket in Maite, New Happy Mart in Barrigada, Agat Kim Chee Store, Yona 7 Day Supermarket, and California Mart in Tamuning.  These retailers had removed the following affected products from their shelves:

  • Geisha Whole Oysters in Water (Net Wt. 8 oz./225 g);
  • Crown Prince Whole Oysters in Water (Net Wt. 8 oz./226 g);
  • Asian Style Instant Noodle Hot Taste Yeul Ramen (Net Wt. 4.23 oz./120 g);
  • California Girl Oysters Ostiones (Net Wt. 8 oz./224 g);
  • Frozen Oyster (I.Q.F.) (Net Wt. 8 oz./226 g);
  • Nong Shim Cham-Pong Noodle Soup (Net Wt. 4.37 oz./124 g);
  • Nong Shim NeoGuri Udon Type Noodles Mild Seafood (Net Wt. 4.23 oz./120 g);
  • Nong Shim NeoGuri Noodle Soup Udon Seafood & Spicy (Net Wt. 4.23 oz./120 g);
  • Nong Shim Oriental Style Noodle Seafood Ram Yun (Net Wt. 4.41 oz./125 g);
  • Ottogi Delicious Spinach & Soybean Paste Soup (Net Wt. 1.26 oz./36 g);
  • Ottogi Delicious Seaweed Soup (Net Wt. 0.63 oz./18 g); and
  • Sempio Seafood Noodle Soup Hot & Spicy (Net Wt. 7.50 oz./212.5 g).

DPHSS is recommending food distributors, retailers, and eateries to remove from sale or service, all fresh, frozen, and processed (including canned) Korean molluscan shellfish such as oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops and any product containing these items.

Consumers who have recently purchased fresh or frozen molluscan shellfish and are concerned that it may have come from Korea should contact the store from which it was purchased and ask where the shellfish were harvested.  Consumers can also check the label on packaged (bagged, boxed, canned, etc.) seafood to determine the source of the product.  If it is not clear where the product is from, consumers are encouraged to call the manufacturer.  Molluscan shellfish from Korea and products made with molluscan shellfish from Korea should be thrown out.

On May 1, 2012, the USFDA removed all Korean certified shippers of molluscan shellfish from the Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List, following a comprehensive FDA evaluation that determined that the Korean Shellfish Sanitation Program no longer meets the sanitation controls of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program due to ineffective management of land-based pollution sources; inadequate sanitary controls to prevent the discharge of human fecal waste to shellfish growing areas; and detection of norovirus (a group of viruses that cause gastroenteritis) in shellfish growing areas.

The Department has not received any local reports of illnesses associated with any Korean shellfish.  Consumers who have purchased any shellfish products from Korea are urged to stop using the product immediately.

For any questions, please contact the Division of Environmental Health at 735-7221.

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